Sunday, November 24, 2013

I love making purses and I just finished a special order.  Always fun to make something that someone has created in their minds eye.
This is a very romantic shabby chic style.  The fabric is one I have had and cherished for a while.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sometimes a girl just needs a little pie...and so I made a berry pie in miniature.  Remembering back the fun
I had making pies when my granddaughters would spend the weekend with me, we always used these tiny
pie pans...just perfect for little girls hands to create a culinary masterpiece.
So, still having these cute little pie plates, they are now perfect for a one person pie.  This little piece of heaven is a blackberry, red raspberry and blue berry pie.
Wish you could stop by and enjoy a cup of tea, pie and an afternoon of just girl things that need to be discussed.

I also listed another purse in my Etsy shop...would love to have you stop by, I now have a whole whopping 3 items listed.  My shop name is:   RoseHillCottage1  .  I hated to have to add the 1, I would have preferred to have my blog and my etsy shop both have the same name, but there is already a RoseHillCottage on etsy.
If you can take the time to visit, please leave a message and let me know you were here.
I will be posting some lovely pictures of the Missouri Botanical Gardens soon....if you have never been, I know you will have your breath taken away by the beauty or the gardens.
x0x0x to all
Most sincerely,

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just getting started

I am so thankful to Karen Valentine for my beautiful blog design.
She is an absolute delight to work with and I highly recommend her to design one for you.  She captures the mood you are looking for ...magically.  She asked very few questions but just went to work and then emailed me...'hear is your design, let me know what you think'.  I don't know about you but she captured my desire to make my blog inviting and warm, with a promise that when I get this all figured out, I will have a place that will be fun to visit all the time.
Please bear with me as I try to learn all this 'cyber fun'...I know I am going to love it.
I started this blog as a means of connecting  with others who love the same things that I do and want to share what we are doing.
I have started a small shop on Etsy as an outlet for my love of painting and purses.
Before my husband passed away, I enjoyed a very healthy  ebay business selling my hand painted dolls.  I would love to share some pictures but the computer that the pictures are on, crashed. 
As did my husbands illness progressed.
But, I have learned truly that each day is a gift and get as much out of it as you possibly can.  I never let one day go by that I don't accomplish something and do something that delights my soul.
I have just listed 2 of my purses on the shop named RoseHillCottage1.
I thought as soon as I listed it, it would automatically tie into my blog...but I don't think I will have to figure that one out.
If you get a chance or if anyone is even reading my new blog, please let me know what your thoughts are.
Have a blessed day....Nancy

Friday, August 16, 2013


I am so happy you clicked on my dolls....they give me such pleasure and perhaps you will find some inspiration here!!
At one time I made original porcelain dolls and my little 'friends' were featured in magazines, newspapers and I was even asked to be a featured artist on a television show.  Can you imagine? Everything was going along beautifully, my 'kids' were in shops and I was happy...but my mother passed away unexpectedly and as you can imagine, my world came to an abrupt halt.
After that, I stayed idle for about 3 years and was encouraged by my husband and daughter to get back into doing what I loved.
So, I made bears and cloth dolls.  They did extremely well on ebay and I was once again having fun, until my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 
It has been 2 years now since my sewing machine has hummed, but I did want to share a few of my dolls and I hope you enjoy them.
There are so many more, but the computer that had the pictures, crashed!!! So, I have but a few photos.
This little cutie is a cloth doll, made from my own pattern and I like to call them a 'pancake face' because there is no dimension except for the painting.  I created the pattern to have no center seam down the middle of the face, which I consider to be distracting....just me.
I did a series of darling little black children, all of which sold quickly on ebay.  Here is a sampling of some of them.  The baby above is in a gorgeous all silk antique christening gown I was fortunate enough to find at a local antique shop.
More little black children...all of my dolls have original handmade mohair wigs.
Ok, I know, I know...this isn't a doll but I did have fun creating peoples pets for a while.
I liked to put quotes on them that seem to fit the personality.  This quote is perfect for that cattitude some cats possess.  It is hand painted on the chest:
Perfect don't you think?
Some polymer clay fun...this is a fairy baby that was delicately wrapped in birch bark and leaves by her mommy, so no one could find her, while she went away for a while.  Sold on Ebay